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Telecom lobbyists, stop trolling on Netflix! 

Article by Techdirt

For years now, the broadband industry has worked tirelessly to villainize Netflix, painting the company as a bandwidth glutton, hungrily eating "more than its fair share" of Internet traffic resources. A growing assortment of fauxademics, editorial writers, consultants, revolving door regulators and other telecom sector PR tendrils have relentlessly tried to argue that Netflix is a dirty freeloader and a nasty company that is really the one to blame for most of the Internet's problems. 

Hillary Clinton apologizes for private email server...

Article by Maggie Haberman for The New York Times

Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized Tuesday for using a private email server while she was secretary of state, calling it a “mistake” – uttering words that many of her allies had wanted to hear from her in hopes that they would quell the controversy that has dogged her presidential candidacy for weeks.

Did Spotify's new privacy policy leave you worried? They heard you - and are clarifying the language. 

Article by Jacob Kastrenake​ for The Verge 

Spotify is overhauling its privacy policy today with plainer language that should be readable to the average human — not just lawyers. The streaming service found itself amid a furor last month after its users complained about what they saw as Spotify overstepping its bounds and requesting more information on them than necessary. For the most part, Spotify wasn't really asking for that much, but it made the mistake of writing its privacy policy in legalese, leading to a lot of confusion; many other major services, like Instagram, have already learned that having incomprehensible service policies can lead exactly this kind of problem.

Our posted photos on Facebook have contributed to what's probably the world’s largest private database of “faceprints.” 

Article by Christopher Zara for IBTimes

Who owns your face? Believe it or not, the answer depends on which state you live in, and chances are, you live in one that hasn’t even weighed in yet.

Snowden thinks Hillary Clinton is ridiculous for thinking her emails are secure. So, what about us?

Article by Ellen Brait for The Guardian 

Edward Snowden has branded as “completely ridiculous” the idea that Hillary Clinton’s personal email server was secure while she was secretary of state.

 

OpenMedia together with other digital rights groups stood up for free speech and transparency against Twitter's Politwoops ban.

Article by Sam Byford for The Verge

Rights groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Access, Free Press, and Human Rights Watch have joined in opposition to Twitter's recent crackdown on Politwoops, a network of sites that archived deleted tweets from politicians worldwide. In an open letter, the coalition says Twitter's ban "holds grave consequences for free expression and transparency around the world."

Copyright law can have such chilling and punitive effects on free expression that it acts as a form of censorship. Even our memes are being censored! 

Article by Kevin Collier for The Daily Dot

Well, this is awkward. 

TPP's copyright provisions will diminish the value of a rich public domain and enact regulations that will dismantle our online freedoms. Speak out now at StoptheSecrecy.net

Article by David Post for the Washington Post

The extent to which our international obligations interact with — and may sometimes override — domestic law is a pretty fascinating one, and is, for any number of pretty obvious reasons, increasingly in the news. Here’s a rather small footnote to the very large controversy over the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty, involving a narrow (but actually quite important) bit of U.S. copyright law, that nicely illustrates how complicated these questions can be — a synecdoche, as it were.

A pigeon that's faster than broadband? This blast from the past reminds us we've been talking about low Internet speeds for way too long.  

Article by BBC 

Broadband promised to unite the world with super-fast data delivery - but in South Africa it seems the web is still no faster than a humble pigeon.

A Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick against the ADSL service from the country's biggest web firm, Telkom. 

Winston the pigeon took two hours to carry the data 60 miles - in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data. 

Copyright trolls taking it all the way to the Vatican.

Article by TechDirt

The previous pope, Benedict XVI a few years ago made some waves by suggesting that intellectual property had gone too far, saying:

On the part of rich countries there is excessive zeal for protecting knowledge through an unduly rigid assertion of the right to intellectual property...

The current Pope may now be at the center of a copyright dispute as well. Apparently, Pope Francis is heading to the US in a few weeks. And, as a part of this, apparently someone asked Philadelphia pop artist Perry Milou to create an "official" portrait of the Pope for his tour. And he did:

As a story at Buzzfeed notes, that portrait is on nearly everything related to the Pope's official visit to Philadelphia. It's on the website of the group organizing the visit:

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